New St. Cloud skate park catches some air

The new skate park will replace the existing park in the larger Wheel Park complex on Peghorn Way.

The St. Cloud City Council recently approved the start of a project that will result in a new skate park for city residents.

Team Pain Enterprises was awarded the project on a design-build basis, which means that activity related to the construction phase can start as the design phase is still in progress and shortens the overall time to complete the project.

Team Pain actually consists of three firms. The design firm, Extreme Engineering, is led by Tom Payne, who has over 30 years of skate park design experience and over 40 years of experience in the sport of skateboarding itself.

Two other firms round out Team Pain, Vikstrom Engineering and Flores Construction. The St. Cloud project will be the fifth skate park that these three firms have designed and constructed together and will replace the existing skate park in the larger Wheel Park complex on Peghorn Way.

Tom Payne and Extreme Engineering have completed 16 other skate park designs for Florida cities and counties over the last eight years, plus numerous other projects in Colorado and several other states. Extreme Engineering has also designed facilities for the X-Games and MTV Sports, and is one of only three firms to qualify to bid to design of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Skateboarding Courses, according to Team Payne’s proposal.  

Although Team Pain submitted a preliminary design in response to the city’s request for proposals, the design team will hold several public information sessions to determine exactly what features of the park are most important to the users.

The Team Pain proposal shows no less than 20 features in the new park, more elements then the existing park and options for several more. The total cost of the approved project is budgeted for $300,000 according to Stephanie Holtkamp, Parks and Recreation director for the city of St. Cloud. The design and construction of the new park is Phase 1 of 3 total phases of the full build-out, with Phases 2 and 3 providing lighting and shading for the park. Funding for the completion of the final two phases is included the city’s 2021- 22 budget year. The initiative to replace the existing skate park preceded the adoption of the current Parks and Recreation master plan, however it is certainly in line with the city’s expressed goals with the Parks and Recreation Department, said Holtkamp.  

In addition to the designing of the new skate park, the Parks and Recreation staff is looking forward to the completion of renovations of a building at the swimming pool, which will provide several training rooms for lifeguards and other pool staff. These rooms can be used for other functions and will be available for rent for special occasions, such as birthday parties. Also, the existing Cannery Park at 10th Street and Virginia Avenue is being updated, including creating a new community room for use by neighborhood residents and other organizations.